News Category: sustainability

In the News: Longhorn Lights Out Save Energy on Campus

April 1, 2018

UT students might be conscious of their own energy consumption, but one group aims to give students a first-person perspective on how much energy UT buildings use. On Friday, Longhorn Lights Out hosted their monthly “Join the Dark Side” event in which groups of students turn off lights and other unnecessary electronics in buildings across campus.

Celebrating Earth Month 2018 at UT Austin

March 30, 2018

Check in and learn about conservation, recycling, local ecosystem, and other sustainabile programs, opportunities and organizations while celebrating Earth Day 2018.

Channel Your Inner Architect with the Materials Lab

March 29, 2018

Check in and learn about the School of Architecture's Materials Lab, an ever-growing collection features 29,000+ material samples that is reflective of the current building and design markets. Curator and Director Jennifer Wong discusses how materials are reused in support of UT Austin's zero waste goal.

Give Yourself to the Dark Side

March 23, 2018

Longhorn Lights Out is a Green Fee-funded student organization that works to save energy on campus since 2013. They also work to increase awareness about energy usage, and the Tower will darken on April 18th as part of their campaign.

A Growing Farm on Campus

March 19, 2018

The MicroFarm, UT Austin’s first and only entirely student-run urban farm, has moved to a new location and doubled in size. 

Take a Hike to Discover How UT is Green

March 7, 2018

The new Bleed Orange, Live Green Walking Tour—available online at—is a self-guided introduction to all things sustainable at The University of Texas at Austin.

Student Leadership in Sustainability Wins Awards

Feb. 28, 2018

We are pleased to announce that James Collins, Ambassador for the Campus Environmental Center, is the President's Student Employee of the Year, and Susan Ward, who leads the Green Offices Program, is one of ten finalists!

Constructing Fashion with Old Clothing

Feb. 26, 2018

A new exhibit in Gearing Hall showcases a fresh, sustainable take on fashion that started with an unusual choice: undergraduate fashion design students pick material from a pile of discarded garments.

Students Step Up for a Greener Future

Feb. 24, 2018

This month, a team of nine students from across campus, in partnership with the university, hosted the inaugural Energy Olympiad — a research grand challenge that brings young inventors together with entrepreneurs to find better ways to promote sustainability.

Waller Creek Remains a Priority

Feb. 19, 2018

Jim Walker, Director of Sustainability at The University of Texas at Austin, writes in The Daily Texan about the recent revitalization of Waller Creek on campus due to the work of Landscape Services, Environmental Health and Safety, and other UT entities.